Indiana Street Residence 2022
519 Indiana, resides in a comfortable and well-connected neighborhood a short walk from Burcham Park and the cultural vibrancy of downtown Lawrence, Kansas. Being located near a bus stop, 519 Indiana expands the possibilities of travel around Lawrence. The historic Pinckney Neighborhood is a perfect place to integrate the history of Lawrence with the future of sustainable design.
The Indiana Street Residence will be built to the U.S. Green Build Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Standards. Such efforts fit the mission of Studio 804, to better the community and environment by providing a building which minimizes its impact on the environment by all metrics. In addition to, the financial benefits that a LEED Platinum project has for the homeowner, it also provides a certain peace of mind that their home is not destructive to the earth.
Studio 804 selected a unique site in Lawrence, an empty lot located between two existing homes. Choosing an infill project allows Studio 804 the capability to increase the density within the urban core. The lot was most likely overlooked given the steep grade change to the west. We viewed the slope as an opportunity to design a house that is raised up on columns and rests above the site. The design enhances the natural form of the earth, large windows on the East and West sides reveal views of the site’s landscape to give the tenant a feeling of being in the trees.
An article published by ArchDaily in 2020 discusses how our latest house project – 722 Ash Street – reinforces the goals regarding housing development for both the city of Lawrence and Studio 804.
The design of the house offers a similar scale to the neighbors to the North and South as well as the rest of the neighborhood. Entry on the lower level there are two bedrooms, a full bathroom, laundry room and foyer with ample room for storage. The first floor has finished concrete floors that follow up maple stairs to the second level. Upstairs there are two curtain walls facing east and west to provide natural light throughout the day as well as two decks to enjoy the views. Along with these, there is an open-concept kitchen, living and dining area and an additional full bathroom. There is a large master bedroom on the east side of the house that is accompanied by a walk-in closet to provide additional storage. 519 Indiana St settles for nothing less than a modern aesthetic and high-end materials.
It is our expectation the house will achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest level possible under the Green Building Council’s standards for sustainable practice. Fifteen roof mounted solar panels contribute significantly to the offset of energy of the home’s energy consumption.